Mountainfilm uses the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. Mountainfilm is America’s premier documentary film festival celebrating adventure, activism, human rights, culture, environment and indomitable spirit. We accept and screen feature and short films on a broad range of subjects. We are always interested in work that focuses on mountains, mountain culture, and mountaineering, but we are also partial to films about people who are dedicated to changing the world. Our Moving Mountains Symposium theme for 2019 is equity. We encourage you to submit films that discuss or address that topic, though the festival will feature films on a wide range of documentary subjects. Mountainfilm promotes and encourages diversity behind the camera.

Movie Maker voted Mountainfilm Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.

Best Documentary Feature $1000
Best Short Film (Sponsored by Vimeo- previous staff picks not eligible) $2500
Audience Choice Award $1000
Moving Mountains Award (Supports a non-profit featured in a film) $3000
Charlie Fowler Best Adventure Film $1000
Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award $1000
Student Choice Award (awarded by jury of local students) $600

*Mountainfilm is a documentary film festival. If your film is not a documentary, please reconsider submitting.
*Feature documentaries are forty-one (41) minutes or longer. Shorts are forty (40) minutes or shorter, including credits.
*Film entries may be of any length, from any country and on any subject in keeping with our mission. Subtitled films should either be in English or include English subtitles.
*At this time, Mountainfilm does not accept VR projects
*While a premiere is not a requirement for shorts and features, preference is given to films that have not yet screened.
*Mountainfilm prefers newer films for inclusion. For the 2020 edition, we are seeking films making their public premieres after July of 2019.
*Mountainfilm will consider shorts that have had an online presence, though our preference is to highlight work that has not already reached a large audience.

*Mountainfilm strongly prefers VIMEO links over FilmFreeway's video uploads
*A complete application including full contact information, a trailer, headshot, bio, and a VIMEO screener link. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
*Your link must remain active until June 1, 2019.
*Entry fee is non-refundable
*Due to the number of submissions received, Mountainfilm cannot provide feedback on entries
* We are a DCP only festival. If accepted to screen at Mountainfilm, you will be required to provide a DCP through our partner Simple DCP.
*If you are from an LMIC, please contact us for a submission fee discount/waiver.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Rowley

    From feeling welcomed and supported by the staff and volunteers to having large and engaged audiences at our screenings - Mountainfilm was such a pleasure for myself and our film. The small-town atmosphere is great for meeting people and forming fast friendships. I highly recommend filmmakers apply and attend if selected by this top-notch festival.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Michael! We loved having you and your film here at Mountainfilm. Come back soon.

  • Always LOVE working with the Mountainfilm crew. So much fun and they make it easy and enjoyable for all filmmakers. Can't say enough good things about them.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Simon, for bringing your new work to Mountainfilm each year!!

  • Christopher Bramley

    Excellent festival!!! The team at Telluride are true pro's - I can't wait to get back next year for more inspiration!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    We loved having you, Christopher!

  • Marilyn Smith

    The most special group of people and films gathered to make Mountainfilm a most intimate, informative and inspiring weekend like no other around.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Marilyn. TIGERLAND was an incredible addition to the festival. We are so appreciative you were able to attend!